Grawemeyer Award winners receive their awards
The power of new ideas took center stage April 9-11 when recipients of the 2019 Grawemeyer Awards came to Louisville to present their award-winning ideas.
The honorees were a music composer who blended sounds from diverse cultures, neuroscientists who studied how addiction changes the brain, a religious scholar who researched the demise of white Christian influence and the creators of a human rights index that gauges a nation’s progress toward fulfilling social and economic rights.
After a whirlwind week of presentations and meet-and-greets, the winners were honored at a gala event April 11 where they received their award medallions and $100,000 prize. See photos here.
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A concerto linking musicians from vastly different cultures
to “bloom in full glory.” That was composer Joel Bons’ vision
behind “Nomaden,” a work for cello and a wide array of Asian
instruments. The piece, which won the 2019 Grawemeyer
Award for Music Composition, captures a growing artistic trend
to juxtapose themes and influences in innovative ways.
music for a new world
Human rights 'how-to'
Is quality of life improving for people everywhere? A tool allowing each nation in the world to measure its
progress toward that goal won the 2019 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. "Fulfilling
Social and Economic Rights,” a book by Sakiko Fukuda-Parr,Terra Lawson-Remer and Susan Randolph,
is a primer for advancing human rights worldwide.
Addiction and the brain
Why do people get hooked on drugs? University of
Michigan researchers Kent Berridge and Terry Robinson
received the 2019 Grawemeyer Award for Psychology
for explaining exactly how it happens in our brains.
Their findings could lead to better treatments for drug
addiction, gambling and binge eating compulsions,
and even schizophrenia and depression.
White Protestantism has dominated U.S politics and culture
for much of the country’s history, but that’s changing. So says
Robert P. Jones, a public policy researcher who won the 2019
Grawemeyer Award in Religion for “The End of White Christian
America.” Jones found that white Protestants are no longer a
majority, which he says will alter the U.S. political climate.